The Llyn Peninsula is one of the most stunning natural areas in the whole of North Wales and even though the area has an outstanding reputation for outdoor activities such as surfing and sailing it does not mean that there is nothing to do! Whether you are on holiday or have a home on a holiday park in Snowdonia the Llyn Peninsula has something for everyone.
History of the Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw Arts Centre
Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw Arts Centre is one of Wales’ oldest art galleries and is nestled in the village of Llanbedrog a few miles along the coast from Pwllheli. The majestic gothic style mansion which houses the art centre was originally built in 1857 as a house that was purposefully constructed to hold the art collection of Lady Elizabeth Parry of the local Madryn family. In 1896 the gallery began its new lease of life as an arts venue after Solomon Andrews, a Cardiff entrepreneur, bought the property with the intention of creating one of the first premier public arts venues in Wales. Solomon Andrews not only bought access to the arts to the general population but went on to build a tram way for the local people and laid the foundations to develop the Llyn Peninsula as a North Wales tourist attraction.
There is an annual Christmas Exhibition which runs from the 18th November through to Christmas Eve with work exhibited by some of the most popular gallery artists on display. A Christmas Exhibition will be held with artwork of stunning landscapes by artists such as Aled Prichard Jones, James Naughton and Clive Burnell providing magnificent interpretations of the local natural beauty in the surrounding area. People who are interested in pottery and ceramics can see delicate bird sculptures by Victoria Crompton and the highly decorated stoneware of ceramic artist Willie Carter.
An Idyllic Location for an Early Christmas Lunch
As well as exhibiting the work of some of the finest local artists in Wales there is the perfect opportunity to eat Christmas lunch in the resplendent surroundings of the conservatory cafe. There are many rare and exotic species of plant in the garden and when the weather is dry you can enjoy dining outside and admire the views of Snowdonia and Cardigan Bay.
As well as the Christmas exhibition the gallery is holding a series of events to celebrate Christmas with a craft fair on the 1st December and a Christmas concert on the 14th December. Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw Arts Centre is located a half hour drive along the A499 from West Point Beach Resort and takes in the breathtaking scenery of the Llyn Peninsula along the way. Why not stop and take some winter photographs along the way?